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Former greats like Viv Richards and Brian Lara never changed their style or swagger as their careers came to an end. Sachin Tendulkar, who has entered the last phase of his career, became more watchful after 2008 but will he revert to his old aggressive self to get out of his slump? Sriram Veera in Mumbai Mirror wonders whether the Kolkata Test will mark a different Tendulkar.
Tendulkar's ego has always been a complex one; he doesn't like to fall prey to his ego. It's a feature of the almost-maniacal, critical self-control that accompanies the Bombay school of batsmanship. They rarely indulge themselves. If a bowler, like Ashley Giles did to Tendulkar, opted for a negative line, you can bet that a Lara, Richards or a Sehwag would try to take him on. Tendulkar never indulged in such showmanship; he just tried to wear the bowler down.
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